A Stafford motorhome dealership has appointed a new operations director as it looks to build on its huge success in recent years.
Erik Baxendale has been promoted from operations manager to become the first new director at Erwin Hymer Centre Travelworld in 17 years.
Erik, pictured above, has been hailed as “instrumental” in Travelworld’s growth since joining the family business in 2013.
Ross Edwards, managing director at Travelworld, said: “Erik joined the business at a pivotal point when we were still feeling the after effects of the financial crisis.
“In the eight years since, Erik has guided and managed the service, customer service and parts teams, as well as managing and maintaining the dealership premises and operations. He has been instrumental in overseeing the phenomenal growth we have experienced.
“As a member of the senior management team, Erik has presided over the most difficult decisions and at all times maintained a laser focus on the good of the company.
“This is a significant move for the business and I’m really pleased he has taken the decision to commit his future to us as we move forward to the next phase.”
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Erik’s new position will bring additional responsibilities, including managing daily business activities, supporting all departments and assisting the senior management team in achieving the business’ goals and objectives.
Erik said: “I am thrilled to be asked to take on this new role. I have enjoyed eight wonderful years at Travelworld during which time the business and the industry has changed hugely.
“There are exciting times ahead and I’m committed to playing my part in delivering the business strategy of ‘Customer Delight, Staff Culture and Financial Growth’.”
Elsewhere, a law firm which has offices in Staffordshire and south Cheshire has expanded its team with the appointment of two new recruits.
Hannah Lawlor has joined Nowell Meller Solicitors as part of the wills and probate team, based at the Newcastle-under-Lyme office, to advise in relation to wills and tax planning, powers of attorney, administration of estates and trusts.
At the same time, Amy Keeling has joined the business as part of the commercial property team.
Amy, who qualified in 2019 and previously practiced as a residential property solicitor, will be based at the Stafford office to advise on anything regarding commercial property transactions from sales to purchases and leasing on behalf of both landlord and tenant.
Director Debby Hackney said: “Hannah has brought not only experience to the team but also lots of care, warmth and fun. She is a delight to have around.
“And Amy has already made an impact and become a great asset to Nowell Meller.”
And an organisation which supports adults with complex needs to live a ‘full and accomplished life’ has welcomed a new chairman.
Hanley-based Brighter Futures has appointed Simon Wilson to the role, taking over from Sarah Hill who retired from the position in September.
Simon’s appointment coincides with the launch of Brighter Futures’ new corporate strategy – Housing, Health, Hope.
He said: “I am thrilled to be joining such a dynamic, committed, and the inspirational team at Brighter Futures, at both an exciting and challenging time for the organisation.
“I’ve followed their work for many years and seen the difference they’ve personally made to people. It’s a privileged position and I’d like to thank my predecessors for their hard work and for leaving me with such a great opportunity to take it forward.
“It’s important that we, our customers, and our partners all know what we want to achieve over the next few years and the steps we’re taking to get there.
“We want to ensure that we deliver the best services available to our customers and continue to help them live fulfilled lives.”
Helena Evans, chief executive of Brighter Futures, added: “I’m very pleased that Simon has agreed to join us. He brings a wealth of experience, passion, and vision to lead our new corporate strategy.
“I’m looking forward to working with him and I’m excited about the direction we’re going in as an organisation.”